Cheat Sheet Content



This extension point is used to register cheat sheet content contributions. Cheat sheets appear as choices from the "Help" menu or from within the cheat sheet view, and are typically used to aid a user through a series of comlex tasks to accomplish an overall goal.

The cheat sheets are organized into categories which usually reflect a particular problem domain. For instance, a Java oriented plug-in may define a category called "Java" which is appropriate for cheat sheets that would aid a user with any of the Java tools. The categories defined by one plug-in can be referenced by other plug-ins using the category attribute of a cheatsheet element. Uncategorized cheat sheets, as well as cheat sheets with invalid category paths, will end up in an "Other" category.

Cheat sheets may optionally specify a description subelement whose body should contain short text about the cheat sheet.

Configuration Markup:

<!ELEMENT extension (category | cheatsheet | taskEditor | taskExplorer)+>

<!ATTLIST extension




<!ELEMENT category EMPTY>

<!ATTLIST category

id             CDATA #REQUIRED

name           CDATA #REQUIRED

parentCategory CDATA #IMPLIED>

A category element in the cheatsheetContent extension point creates a new category in the cheat sheet menu. The cheat sheet menu is available from the help menu in the workbench. If a new category is specified, cheat sheets may be targeted to that category and will appear under it in the cheat sheet selection dialog.

<!ELEMENT cheatsheet (description?)>

<!ATTLIST cheatsheet

id          CDATA #REQUIRED

name        CDATA #REQUIRED

category    IDREF #IMPLIED

contentFile CDATA #IMPLIED

listener    CDATA #IMPLIED

composite   (true | false) "false">

A cheatsheet element is put into the cheatsheetContent extension point if there is a cheat sheet to be contributed to the workbench. A cheat sheet element must specify an id, a translatable name to appear in the selection options, a category id to specify which category this cheat sheet will be included in, and a content file. The cheat sheet content file is an XML file that describes the steps and actions that the cheat sheet has.

<!ELEMENT description (#PCDATA)>

a short description of the cheat sheet

<!ELEMENT taskEditor EMPTY>

<!ATTLIST taskEditor




This extension point is provisional, being based on the provisional API class TaskEditor. The taskEditor extension point allows for custom UI to appear in the editor pane of a composite cheatsheet. Any task in a compostite cheatsheet whose kind matches the id of this extension will use the class defined in this extension point to create the editor area.

<!ELEMENT taskExplorer EMPTY>

<!ATTLIST taskExplorer





This extension point is provisional, being based on the provisional API class TaskExplorer. This extension point allows for the contribution of a task explorer which will be used when opening a composite cheatsheet.

Here is a sample usage of the cheatSheetContent extension point:

<extension point="org.eclipse.ui.cheatsheets.cheatSheetContent">
     name="Example category"
     name="Example cheat sheet"
           This is a descriptive bit of text for my cheat sheet description.

API Information:
For further details see the spec for the org.eclipse.ui.cheatsheets API package.

Supplied Implementation:
There are no built-in cheat sheets.

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